Sunday 28 December 2014

Year of Projects Update - week 26

As always Christmas flashed by in a blur of wrapping paper!!  The panto was great, even though there were a few tears at the dragon (we were a little scared) but we sang our way through and now they want to book for next year!  Christmas day was fab just the 4 of us and boxing day we went to the crematorium and lit candles and we all fared ok.  On Monday I am making my way across the country with the boys to spend a few days with my mum and dad - my husband has to work so we are leaving him behind.  He likes a little time to himself!!  He will work and play golf so he is happy!

Anyway to knitting.
I am almost finished on some more booties for the stall (I sold all the rest)

At the start of the year of projects I was going to do a baby blanket but that didn't happen so I am going to follow a knitalong with a magazine I get to knit up sampler squares  I am half way through the first one.

I have made good progress on my Raspberry Tart, but this will be my only project that I take to my mums so I hope to crack on with it there.

Also whipped up a bunny purse for Debs.

I thought I would finish the year with a look at the list to check on progress and update (added some bits in red!) where necessary - so here it is:

WIP's and Deadlines
  • Christmas jumper - timetable is here - hope to finish by Christmas (2015!)
  • Myrna - FINISHED 19th July (accompanied by Delphine skirt)
  • 2 baby hats - for Thomas's teacher's twins - FINISHED 19th July
  • Raspberry tart - test knit for 24th August - FINISHED 17th August - second started
  • Wedding Outfit project - whole ensemble for 4th July 
  • Rainbow KAL socks  - year long KAL with UK sock knitters will not do every pair but aim for some!
Projects for me - knitting
  • See You There - gillaitt yarn
  • Aquae tank top - mellifera yarn
  • Spiced cocoa mitts - malabrigo rios - 4 pairs fnished
  • Take it Easy - mellifera yarn
  • Socks - will aim for six pairs - yarn from stash 1 pair completed
  • Samantha
  • Hat - Odd Stripes - Finished
  • Fragile heart - shawl for the wedding
  • Miranda - Sweater using Madelinetosh Pashmina worsted
Projects for me and the boys - sewing
  • Pyjamas - pink gingham fabric - FINISHED 1st August - will continue to make more
  • Delphine skirt - FINISHED 12th July to accompany Myrna
  • Blouse for work - Spotty fabric in stash - Finished
  • Dress - as part of wedding outfit - muslin completed 
  • Quilted owl
  • Coco dress in tartan fabric already purchased
  • 2 Jumpers for boys - we think abate
Gift knitting
  • Bunny purse for Debs
  • Little Tourist Poncho for Lily - completed
  • Sun hat for Daniel
  • Ongoing swatch baby blanket - yarn bought - patterns from Lets Knit
  • 3 baby hats
Products to develop
  • Bangles and knitted jewelry - finished
  • Small purses for boys
  • Lavender bags - Completed - more to follow
  • Wreaths - nearly finished 4
  • Baby range - hats and socks - developed - more to follow
  • Christmas decs - completed some - more to follow
  • Pom Poms!
Techniques to learn
  • Double knitting
  • Quilting

Sunday 21 December 2014

Year of Projects Update - week 25

Are we nearly there yet?
I don't know about you, but I only think so.  Last minute food shopping to do and the tiniest bit of wrapping, but otherwise we are there... I think!

I finished off all my commissions this week - 4 cafetiere and tea cosies and a pair of wristwarmers. All of which I failed to photograph, which is very unlike me!

Otherwise, I completed my last present - a bunny purse

And I made some progress on my second Raspberry Tart - I am at the sleeve separation - hurrah.

Otherwise, we are off to see the Penguins of Madagascar at the cinema in a moment.  I rarely pay full price for the cinema but this time decided we could run to it.  I really want to make Christmas magical this year for the boys after the past 2 years (2 years ago Daniel was in hospital with pneumonia and last year my mother in law passed away) and I know that doesn't mean spending lots of money, but since we are ok at the moment, I've got a couple of treats lined up - today the cinema and tomorrow the pantomine (actually quite excited myself!!)
Anyway hope all is well and I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.
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Sunday 14 December 2014

Year of Projects Update - week 24

This will be a very short post with no photos this week!
I have just returned from my last craft fair of the year.  The craft fair itself went very well, but I came out to find I had left my lights on and the battery was completely flat.  Who knows how, given there is an alarm if you leave them on and I returned to the car.  Anyway after two hours and an attempted rescue by an elf (I kid you not), the AA finally got me going.

In terms of projects I have done very little other than working on things for the stall and a couple of commissions.

This next week is a blur of Christmas plays and end of term but I should get some knitting in and have something more productive with photos for next week!

Sunday 7 December 2014

A Year of Projects Update - week 23

Time is flying by now - I missed last week as there was too much going on (not knitting related  I hasten to add!)  My eldest was ill, but still insisted on seeing Father Christmas and of course I had to do the cake!  I started it and my son finished it!

In knitting I completed another set of booties.

I made a little progress on my Raspberry tart

And today I am at the first of two fairs before Christmas.  So not that much knitting carried out, and now of course there is wrapping to be done!

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